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unpopular causes such as the hike in the consumption tax. opposition leaders have criticized the dpj for putting the alliance with the u.s. in danger by flip-flopping on relocating american bases. you know, opposition parties will be making these same arguments to voters. >> so how do you rate the opposition's chances of winning? >> mm-hmm. recent polls suggest that main opposition leader democrats could regain power. you know, leader shinzo abe has already served as a prime minister in 2006 and '07. he says he would not yield in territorial fight with china and would increase defense spending if necessary. at the same time, he said he would do more to mend economic ties. he said if deflation persists he might delay the hike in the consumption tax. he has piled the pressure on the central bank to do more to ease monetary policy. he has said the government policy of phasing out nuclear power by the 2030s is unrealistic and irresponsible. >> so how about all these new parties that we're hearing about? >> well, voters who are tired of the establishment could support what are known as th
positions. we heard a very long discussion about tax treatment of same-sex marriages. the cdu trying to show itself as a party that is delectable by urban voters and that stands for diversity, as i said. >> ending the eurozone crisis has been a top priority, not only for merkel, but also for other european leaders as well. >> one key part of the plans is the creation of a banking union. finance ministers were supposed to be discussing the first steps to building such a union today, but the talks collapsed without progress. the discussions are very contentious, mainly because of the devolution of national powers to brussels. our correspondent has been following the talks and explained why they collapsed. >> another meeting on this next question, another failure. basically, the differences between member states were not healed. on the one side, you've got germany being very questioning about the central core idea, which is that the european central bank will become the supervisory body for the whole euro banking area, insuring heavy capitalization of banks to bolster them against future econom
of the bank's locations, including its munich headquarters, in search of evidence of tax evasion. the bank is suspected of cheating the state out of 124 million euros. share transactions between 2006 and 2008 are the focus of the probe. the bank is not alone. investigators are currently looking into similar incidents of alleged tax evasion at other institutions. >> there's a lot of money in going bankrupt. that is if you are the one winding up a big company that goes bust. >> a german law firm, for example, are doing just that for lehman brothers here in germany, and today, they've been trying to justify their massive fees. >> lehman brothers creditors have not been happy with their demands, but there's good news for them as well. lehman's assets in germany turned out to be much higher than first thought. >> risky speculation on the u.s. housing market triggered the global financial crisis as well as the downfall of lehman brothers, once the world's fourth largest investment bank. in september 2008, the company collapsed and went bankrupt. since then, its assets have been liquidated and no
obama appeared at a factory in pennsylvania making his case for raising taxes on top earners and accusing a handful of republicans of holding up a deal. if a deal is not reached by december 31, a $600 billion combination of tax increases and spending cuts goes into effect. let's get a check now on how the markets reacted to all of that news. our correspondence sent us this report from frankfurt. >> the dax climbed for about 2% this week, and share prices have been pushed mainly by the rescue package for greece, but at this last trading day of the week, trading has been quite low. the positive trend continued, although there has been some bad news coming in, like the record high unemployment rate in the euro area and the fact that u.s. consumers spend less money in october. nevertheless, the mood is fine. investors hope the fiscal cliff in the u.s.a. can be avoided. >> let's get a closer look at friday's trading. with all that uncertainty in washington, traders were playing it cautious. in germany, the blue-chip dax broke a bit of a winning streak, only gaining fractionally. e
counterpart of people who were evading taxes, but -- passed a list to her greek counterpart of people who were evading taxes, but it was never pursued. >> politicians and officials are taking bribes, even as austerity programs continue. >> earlier, i spoke to the research head at transparency international. i asked which country had made the most progress in the last year at overcoming corruption. >> it is difficult to single out individual countries. what we want to focus on is the countries that stay at the top of our index. we have the scandinavian countries, countries like new zealand, where the commitment access to information, to the justice system working, to open budgeting, are long standing. the government show a long-term commitment. we have seen countries like nepal and sunoco and ivory coast move up from a very low level to higher levels -- and set a goal p-- and senegal and ivory coast move up from a very low level to higher levels. >> is there no improvement in burma? >> countries at the bottom of the list are really challenged in terms of giving their citizens' basic access to s
tax. there have been few promotions. discontent among the ranks is growing. some of their leaders are putting a brave face on it. >> of course we have had cuts. but the naval infantry's task is to face difficult missions, so we will manage this situation as well. >> portugal's military has long been an important part of the country's history. on april 25, 1974, this song was played on the radio. it was the signal for the army to occupy lisbon, and the largely peaceful uprising marked the end of nearly 15 years of dictatorship. in all their joy, portuguese people pressed red carnations into the hands of soldiers. this lieutenant colonel played an active role in the carnation revolution. today, he is chairman of the 25 of april association, a group that aims to defend the legacy of the peaceful coup of 1974. he says the military brought democracy to portugal then, but the crisis has put it all in jeopardy. >> i regret what is currently happening. we have achieved a fair society, and now that is being destroyed. we are reverting to a society of great inequality -- the poor get poorer
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